|The UNMC College of Public Health has been granted accreditation by the Council on Education for Public Health.|
The college becomes one of only 47 accredited schools and colleges of public health in the United States.
Accreditation touches on all levels
For CEPH accreditation, excellence in education is tied to proficiency in practice and research.
"The accreditation process requires commitment from administrators, faculty, staff, students and other constituents," said Laura Rasar King, executive director of CEPH. "The council recognizes the efforts of the University of Nebraska Medical Center to make ongoing improvements to ensure that students receive a high-quality education that advances them toward their career goals."
Accreditation fast tracked
The college received accreditation within the minimum turnaround time of two years. The accreditation comes just five months after the college moved into its new $15 million building that was named for Dr. Maurer and his wife, Beverly.
"This is an incredible accomplishment that the entire medical center should take pride in," said Ayman El-Mohandes, M.B.B.Ch., M.D., M.P.H., dean of the College of Public Health. "It was a total team effort that required a massive amount of work. This accreditation is concrete evidence of the strong support that the college has received from the medical center, the University of Nebraska, the state and the community at large".
What it means
For public health students, accreditation means:
- The college's educational programs have been found to be equal to the other accredited schools of public health;
- Advanced degree opportunities exist in all the various disciplines of public health;
- Credits between institutions can be easily transferred; and
- Students are qualified for student financial assistance and eligible for higher-level jobs, internships and fellowships.
Accreditation also will make the college eligible for additional research funding available only to accredited schools and colleges, Dr. El-Mohandes said.
The goal, he said, is to secure $12 million in annual research funding within two years. (Read about two large grants the college recently received.)
Congrats to all the great folks in the COPH!